That ability to see a problem as an opportunity lead Nick into many interesting positions in his professional life, where he consistently turned deficits into profits and left people scratching their heads.
Whether it was acquiring and improving businesses for the Jim Pattison Group, or reworking ICBC as the CEO and President, Nick consistently bit off more than he could chew on purpose. Colleagues were always happy to see him, even if they knew he was probably going to put them through the wringer, because they trusted him.
Nick always lived his life to a high moral code and everyone understood and appreciated it. It's what made him a unique player and something many will remember most clearly about him. Whether you met Nick in a boardroom, on a scuba trip, during a boating adventure or at home in the garden, you always met the same man. He didn't suffer fools and often was a little blunt about it, but it served him well and you always knew where you stood, no guesswork. Even his later years, his consultation work with companies such as NavCan and YVR were highly valued because of that honest, roll-up-your-sleeves attitude he applied to everything.